By Michael Gronau | July 25, 2019, 2:25 pm
Regular sitting in front of the computer monitor can strain the eyes. TECHBOOK introduces five current monitors that protect the eyes of their users.
Problems due to long work on the screen
Sitting in front of the computer all day – that’s an enormous burden on the eyes. Experts speak of “digital eye stress”. The consequences range from dry eyes, headaches and tiredness to blurred vision. If you are staring at the screen more and more cramped, you may also have problems with your neck and back. There are some simple antidotes that reduce eye strain: At least every two hours a computer break, intentionally frequent blinking, eye drops, switching to a warmer color display and possibly no window or other light source directly behind the screen. One of the most important measures, however, is the purchase of a new eye-friendly monitor.
This must bring a eye-friendly monitor
Many manufacturers now advertise with eye-friendly and “stress-free” displays. One of the most important criteria is the highest possible resolution. Because the more pixels, the smaller are the pixels with the same monitor format – and the more pleasant for the eyes. That’s why Full HD (1,920 x 1,080 pixels) is recommended for sizes up to 24 inches. For larger displays, the resolution should be higher, for example, QHD (Quad High Definition) with 2,560 x 1,440 pixels or the well-known UHD (Ultra High Definition) with 3,840 x 2,160 pixels. Also important: A blue light filter – because the cold light strikes the eyes. The refresh rate should be at least flicker-free 60 Hz, even more comfortable are values of 100 Hz and more. And a monitor without a glossy surface, but with matter coating, also relieves the eyes.
Asus PB277Q (240 Euro)
The Asus shows that an eye-friendly monitor does not have to cost a fortune. The 27-inch model has almost everything installed, which ophthalmologists recommend for stress-free working. At 2,560 x 1,440 pixels, the QHD resolution is four times higher than conventional HD displays. The image refresh rate is a pleasant 75 Hz. And the Asus is both height-adjustable and swivel, tilt and turn. So every user should find his optimal viewpoint. On top of that there is the so-called “EyeCare” technology. The special image modes “reading mode” and “darkroom mode” are intended to reduce eye strain even during prolonged work.
advantages: Many connectivity options with HDMI, DisplayPort and DVI / Ordinary 3-watt speakers / Good features for gamers
disadvantage: Instead of IPS only the inferior TN (twisted nematic) screen technology / moderate image when looking from the side
✔ Immaculate and lifelike images
✔ Extensive connection options
✔ Fast response time of 1ms
Samsung U28E590D (240 Euro)
The 28-inch Samsung also offers eye comfort at a reasonable price. Those who still torture their eyes with one of the enormously burdensome CRT monitors or with an outdated TFT display, find hardly any arguments against a change. The UHD resolution of 3,840 x 2,160 pixels is even higher than that of the Asus – but at a somewhat less fluid 60 Hz. Top on the other hand: The “Eye Saver” mode, which reduces the blue light and the flicker, can be clicked turn on and off. For example, if several family members use the screen, anyone can easily select their optimal setting.
advantages: Two HDMI ports / picture-in-picture / brightening mode for games
disadvantage: No height adjustment or rotation / No speakers installed
✔ UHD monitor
✔ 60Hz refresh rate
✔ Picture in Picture, Game Mode, Eco Saving
LG 34UC98-W (690 Euro)
With the extra-wide LG increases in size compared to the Asus and the Samsung again significantly to 34 inches – and thus the price. With IPS (In-Plane Switching), it offers the most eye-friendly display technology at the moment, in which the image is still clearly visible from the side regardless of the viewing angle. In addition, the colors are very natural. The curved screen with wide-format WQHD resolution ensures that even the more distant contents at the corners of the display are “closer” to the user and thus more pleasant to see. Also on board: “Flicker Save” technology for flicker-free vision and a multi-adjustable ergonomic foot.
advantages: 21: 9 format perfect for movies / screen divided into four areas / Good connectivity for MacBooks
disadvantage: Not very smooth with only 60 Hz / needs a lot of space
✔ Curved (1.9 m radius) AH-IPS panel
✔ Extensive gaming features
✔ Flicker Save Backlight technology for flicker-free vision
Acer Nitro XV273K (900 Euro)
The 27-inch Acer is designed for gamers. But the eye-friendly features that allow for long gaming sessions are also ideal for persevering office workers. The refresh rate of the IPS monitor is a record-breaking 144 Hz with a millisecond response time – a smoother, smoother picture is hard to imagine. The 4K display is coated with an anti-reflective surface, Acer speaks of the particularly comfortable “ComfyView”. Protective screens keep irritating light on the sides. And a blue light filter and flicker-free technology are also included.
advantages: High-contrast HDR images / With 350 cd / m particularly bright / color reproduction very precisely
disadvantage: Backlighting interferes with dark images / 144Hz display requires two cables
Acer Nitro XV273K
✔ 27 inch LED 4K Gaming Monitor
✔ 144hz refresh rate AMD
✔ FreeSync technology
Eizo Flexscan EV3285 (1,120 Euro)
4K resolution, IPS technology and 31.5 inches – that makes the Eizo one of the best and sharpest office monitors currently available. In addition to a filter for blue light and flicker-free function especially relieves the so-called “paper mode” eyes. With this setting, the best values for brightness, contrast, and color temperature are designed to deliver the enjoyable reading experience otherwise known only from paper – or from e-book readers such as the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite. Because the eyes, especially in the office, do not have to constantly change from screen to paper (and back), this should be very eye-friendly.
advantages: Docking function with USB-C / 2 x HDMI, 2 x DisplayPort / Extremely thin housing frame
disadvantage: Hardly functions for gamers / moderate speakers
Eizo Flexscan EV3285
✔ Super-compact and ultra-stylish design
✔ 178 viewing angle
✔ docking function for tablets, notebooks and smartphones